Sunday, November 29, 2015
An Arizona Railroad Town
Last spring I traveled to Winslow Arizona to spend the night at the historic La Posada Hotel. I wrote about the hotel here. The town of Winslow is located in the north east of Arizona in Navajo County right on Interstate 40 and on one of the main railroad lines through the state. In fact, the railroad has played an important role in the town ever since.
As I explained in that earlier post, the Las Posada Hotel was built as one of the many Fred Harvey Houses that ran through the southwest along the Santa Fe Railroad line.
Today the town is a sleepy place that serves both traffic from the interstate and traffic from the BNSF Railroad line that passes through. The traffic on the highway is constant and so is the traffic on the railroad line with one freight train after another passing through all day and all night. The only passenger train that passes through is Amtrak. One westbound train in the evening and one eastbound train in the morning. In fact, a few of the guests at the hotel were waiting for those trains.
There are two stories to how the town got it's name. One says that it was named for a prospector by the name of Tom Winslow who lived in the area. The other story says it was named for Edward F Winslow, President of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad.
I like to think it was named for both of them.
Today many tourists stop in Winslow to get a photograph of the guy "Stand'n on the corner in Winslow Arizona".
He's been standing there for quite a long time waiting for that girl in the flat-bed Ford to drive by. Who would have thought that a line from a song by the Eagles would inspire an attraction that draws hundreds of travelers every day. Take it easy folks!